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Long Island Businessman Accused of Defrauding Broadway Show 'Rebecca'

Monday, October 15, 2012

A New York businessman was arrested at his Long Island home Monday morning in connection with the failed Broadway production of "Rebecca," according to the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan.

Prosecutors say Mark Hotton falsely claimed to have $4.5 million in financing commitments for the production and the possibility of a $1.1 million loan.

The production was shuttered earlier this month amid growing suspicion that its primary investors didn't actually exist.

The musical is influenced by the classic Hitchcock film about a wealthy Englishman, his new wife and a manipulative housekeeper — all haunted by the hero's dead first wife, Rebecca. 

Hotton is awaiting a court appearance in West Islip on Monday.

With the Associated Press

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